West Lombok`s quake victims need clean water

West Lombok`s quake victims need clean water

Victims of a powerful magnitude 7 earthquake waits for President Joko Widodo's arrival at the evacuee camp at Karang Subagan hamlet in North Lombok district (ANTARA PHOTO/Ahmad Subaidi/foc/18.

West Lombok, W Nusa Tenggara, (ANTARA News) - The residents of Wadon Hamlet of Kekait Village in West Nusa Tenggara Province who are badly affected by the recent strong earthquake said they demand for clean water supplies to meet their daily needs.

"We do want the government to provide us with clean water supply," said Adi, a local resident who is taking refuge with many of his neighbors to a safer place, on Wednesday.

The clean water supply would be used for bathing, washing dirty cloths, and toilet water, he said adding that he and other refugees rely on bottled water for drinking that they received from donators and government`s humanitarian aid packages.

The local residents, displaced by the magnitude-7 eartquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on August 5, also use water pumped from drilled wells for drinking, he said.

"But, the stock of water that we pump from drilled wells is so limited that it cannot meet the needs of the whole refugees," Adi said.

There are 600 people taking refuge to a primary school compound in Wadon Hamlet of Kekait Village, Gunung Sari Subdistrict, West Lombok District, while the total number of refugees across the hamlet is expected to reach at least 1,500 people, he said.

They stay in several temporary shelters with worrying condition. "The condition of all temporary shelters around the hamlet is relatively similar in which the displaced people there are facing scarcity of clean water, tents, and blankets," Adi said.

The recent strong quake has not just caused many people to become homeless but has also made them suffer from severe trauma, he added.

Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province has thrice been hit by strong earthquakes. The first quake, measuring 6.4 on Richter Scale, rocked the resort island on July 29, while the second major quake hit it on August 5.

On August 9, another major quake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, again hit Lombok when workers were still busy looking for victims being buried under the rubble of buildings that collapsed after the magnitude 7 earthquake shook the island.

Reporting by Nur Imansyah
Editing by Rahmad Nasution